Malcolm Haigh awarded British Empire Medal

Historian and former Batley News journalist Malcolm Haigh has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Malcolm, of Soothill, received the honour - formerly known as the MBE - for services to the community.

He will be presented with the medal later this year then attend a celebratory garden party at Buckingham Palace in summer 2014.

Malcolm is a member of several community groups including Batley Civic Society, Batley History Group, Batley Cemetery Support Group, Soothill Forum and Dewsbury and District Rambling Club.

He is also the author of four local history books.

A delighted Malcolm said: “I’m really pleased, but especially for all the people who work with me in these community groups and for all the great work that they’ve done.”

Full story in Thursday’s Batley and Birstall News.